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NBCU launches Esquire Network TV Everywhere app

NBCUniversal’s male-skewed US cable channel Esquire Network has launched a TV Everywhere app that allows users to view live programming. Esquire TV NOW will allow users to stream content through a dedicated app and via a esquiretv.com/NOW portal. This comes as NBCU pushes ahead with its TV Everywhere strategy, which aims to allow users to […]

Rihanna’s Style series makes switch to Bravo

Rihanna-fronted competition reality show Styled to Rock has found carriage on NBCUniversal-owned Bravo after its previous home was canned in a restructure. The show, in which upcoming and coming designers compete to become a member of the pop star’s personal design team, was scheduled to broadcast on NBCU Cable Entertainment’s Style Network on November 5. […]

Esquire Network gears up for Party Down

Esquire Network, the new identity of NBCUniversal cablenet G4, has licensed US broadcasting rights to a male-skewing comedy series from Starz Worldwide Distribution. The channel will launch Starz Original series Party Down next month, when it rebrands as Esquire. This follows last month’s announcement NBCU Cable Entertainment was dropping the G4 moniker. SWD will retain […]

NBC takes more Ninja Warrior

US broadcast network NBC will air a new version of Japanese format Sasuke, or Ninja Warrior, starting next month. The broadcaster and its cable sibling G4 jointly aired a version of the Tokyo Broadcasting System show last summer. NBC has now repackaged a new version of the show that it will air from next month. […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

Ninja Warrior travels to Europe from Japan’s TBS

Japanese free-to-air broadcaster TBS will launch its Ninja Warrior format at MIPCOM. The series, which challenges contestants to the complete the world’s toughest obstacle course, has already launched in the US and Asia. Ludo Poppe’s Eccholine will be working with TBS on the Japanese launch. Poppe is the former boss of Belgian prodco Kanakna. In […]